Fewer visits to Wigan's casualty departments - but still long waits to be seen

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Fewer patients visited casualty departments in Wigan last month, figures reveal.

NHS England data shows 13,605 casualty patients went to Wigan Infirmary and Leigh Walk-In Centre in July.

That was a drop of three per cent on the 14,014 visits recorded during June, and four per cent lower than the 14,211 patients seen in July 2021.

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The majority of attendances last month were via the A&E department – while 39 per cent were at the walk-in centre.

Across the trust, 70.9 per cent of people were seen within four hours, falling to 52.8 per cent for just A&E.

A total of 1,153 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – eight per cent of patients – while 134 were delayed by more than 12 hours.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.2m visits last month. That was a decrease of one per cent compared to June and the same number as were seen during July 2021.